Renew our days as of old,”
—Lamentations 5:21 (NASB)
We may find that although we finally WANT to be reconciled to God and brought back fully into a relationship with Him, that it’s very difficult to do. It’s hard to do the right thing when you’ve practiced doing the wrong thing over and over again. How are we able to finally break this cycle? It may sound a little odd, but the truth is we can’t do anything in our own strength. To be restored, it takes God’s grace to accomplish it for us. This is what Jeremiah is stating when he says, “Restore us to You, O Lord“. It’s requesting God to accomplish what we cannot on our own, that the work be completed by Him so “that we may be restored”.